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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Veteran political leader, prolific writer and former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away in New Delhi. He was 93. He was Prime Minister thrice in 1996 (13 days), 1998-1999 and 1999-2004 (making him first non-Congress leader to have completed full term as Prime Minister).

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

He was born on 25th December 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. He was amongst founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh (and was its president in 1968 upon death of Deendayal Upadhyaya) which later became known as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He parliamentarian for over  47 years elected to Lok Sabha for 10 times (elected for first time  in 1957 from Balrampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh) and 2 times to Rajya Sabha. During first non-Congress Government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai in Centre he had served as Minister of External Affairs.

He served as PM of India between 1996 and 2004 in three non-consecutive terms viz. May 1996 (for 13 days), 1998–1999 (for 11 months) and 1999–2004. During his second term as PM, he had ordered thermonuclear tests in May 1998 which were seen as strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions.

Some of his pet projects launched during his tenure as PM were National Highway Development Project (Golden Quadrilateral) and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In 2009, he had retired from active politics due to health concerns.

He was awarded the India’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 2015. His birthday is celebrated as Good Governance Day (GGD) by the Central Government since 2014 to foster awareness among the people of accountability in government. His poetry collection is released in his book Meri Ekyaavan Kavitayein (My 51 Poems).

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December 25: Good Governance Day

The Good Governance Day (GGD) is celebrated every year in India on December 25 to mark the birthday anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The day was established by Central Government in 2014 to honor Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government.

Objectives of GGD

It aims to make people aware about government commitment for providing a transparent and accountable administration in the country. It is also celebrated to enhance the welfare and betterment of the people.

It is celebrated to standardise government functioning and make it highly effective and accountable governance for the citizens of the country. It also seeks to implement good and effective policies to complete mission of good governance in India. It also seeks to enhance growth and development in the country through good governance. It also strives to bring citizens closer to government to make them active participants in good governance process.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 25 December 1924. He was amongst the founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh which later became known as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was parliamentarian for over 4 decades and was elected to the Lok Sabha for 9 times, and 2 times to the Rajya Sabha.

He was also the Minister of External Affairs (MEA) in the cabinet of Janta Government headed by Morarji Desai i.e. from 1977-79. He is three time Prime Minister of India. For first time he had served as PM for just 13 days in 1996 and second time for 13 months in 1998-1999. In his third term as PM he completed his full five-year term, making him first PM from outside the Congress party to serve a full term.

Some of his pet projects launched by him as PM were National Highway Development Project and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In 2009, he had retired from active politics due to health concerns. In December 2014, Mr Vajpayee, and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) were awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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